A quite timely video was just released by Carl Barât and The Jackals for the group’s first single, “Glory Days,” in dedication to the 306 British and Commonwealth soldiers shot at dawn during World War I for “cowardice” or “desertion,” yet another tragedy of war. It not only coincides with the beginnings of their new U.K. tour, which launched Thursday, 14 November and continues through 21 November in London, but with the other tributes taking place for the many, many who lost their lives 100 years ago.
Far from glorifying the tradition of war, the video exemplifies within a few minutes, the conditions and situations these men, many of whom were but 16 or 17 years old, were thrown into, placing Barât in the line of early morning fire as a form of symbolism. “Some of these men were blameless due to severe psychological trauma, not cowardice, that rendered them physically unable to cope with the horrific scenes they had witnessed,” states their website.
Also featured in the video are his new bandmates, Jay Bone on drums, the “optimistic, hard-working country lad,” Adam Claxton on bass, an artist “who’s a bit calmer and quieter,” and Billy Tessio on guitar, “the classic dark and brooding guy,” as described by Barât in his recent NME cover story.
With the full song list also released, other war-themed titles emerge, including “War of the Roses,” Summer in the Trenches,” “March Of The Idle,” and “Victory Gin,” amping up anticipation for 16th of February, 2015 when Let It Reign comes out on Cooking Vinyl Records.
Let It Reign song list:
Glory Days (available instantly when pre-ordering from the Official Store and iTunes)
Summer In The Trenches
A Storm Is Coming
Beginning To See
March Of The Idle
We Want More
War Of The Roses
Let It Reign
The King Is Me (iTunes Bonus Track)
Remaining Tour Dates:
Monday 17th November – Sugarmill – Stoke – http://po.st/BaratTicksStoke
Tuesday 18th November – Kasbah – Coventry – http://po.st/BaratTicksCoventry
Wednesday 19th November – Sound Control – Manchester – http://po.st/BaratTicksManch
Friday 21st November – 100 Club – London (Sold Out)